Invited Speakers

Professor Roger Soames

Professor Soames is the Cox Professor of Anatomy at the College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, a position he has held for the last four years. He has a vast knowledge of anatomy with more than 30 years of teaching and research experience in this field. His particular research interests are (i) clinical anatomy (vascular and musculoskeletal); and (ii) gait and posture. Specific examples of current research include the anterior dural and posterior longitudinal ligaments of the spine, the anterior visceral branches of the abdominal aorta, the arterial supply to the sciatic nerve, and morphological relationships between landmarks of the skull relevant to surgical approaches. Professor Soames is currently on the Editorial Board of Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, and has had a longstanding association with the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In addition to over 60 peer-reviewed papers, he has written chapters for several textbooks, including Gray’s Anatomy (39th edition). His best-known textbook Anatomy and Human Movement, is used by health professional students worldwide, being published first in 1989, it is now onto its sixth edition.

Assistant Professor Carla Stecco

Assistant Professor Carla Stecco is Assistant Professor of Human Anatomy and Movement Sciences, University of Padua. She is also a medical doctor and practising orthopaedist. A/P Stecco has extensive expertise in human dissection with a primary research interest in human fascia, a field to which she has contributed several major publications. She also teaches into the medical curriculum and has more than 10 years experience in delivering workshops on fascial manipulation to a variety of health professionals worldwide. She was a founder member of the Fascial Manipulation Association and is a member of the Italian Society of Anatomy and Histology and the Association Francaise de Morphologistes. Dr Stecco has published over 40 papers, authored one book (Manipolazione fasciale, Piccin, 2007), translated into English (Fascial manipulation, practical part, Piccin, 2009) and several book chapters, and is on the organising committee of the Third International Fascia Research Congress to be held in Vancouver in 2012.


Professor Mark Stringer

Professor Stringer heads the Clinical Anatomy Research Group at the Department of Anatomy, University of Otago. Prior to moving to New Zealand he was Professor of Paediatric Surgery in the UK. Professor Stringer teaches into the science and medical courses, and established the University of Otago Postgraduate Diploma in Surgical Anatomy in 2009. He has published extensively with over 200 peer-reviewed papers and several edited books. His primary research interests are (i) clinical anatomy; and (ii) disorders of the liver and bile ducts, particularly in relation to congenital abnormalities. Ongoing research studies relate to anatomical-based errors in clinical practice, an evidence-based approach to human surface anatomy, and the anatomy of the human pancreaticobiliary junction. He is on the Editorial Board of Clinical Anatomy and Pediatric Surgery International, and is Chairman of the Anatomy Committee at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.